Andre Kertesz’s Classic Photos of Readers

One of the minor epiphanies of every avid reader’s life is stumbling upon, then leafing through – then leafing through again –  the unusual collection of images of readers captured by Hungarian photographer Andre Kertesz.

Kertesz took his photos in many locations over a span of fifty years. The collection On Reading was first published in 1971 by Grossman and was reprinted in 2008 by W.W. Norton.

An exhibit of Kertesz’s images is currently on view in London, and Guardian blogger Blake Morrison posted these comments about it.

If you don’t own your own copy of this strangely compelling book (or plan on visiting London anytime soon), you can borrow a copy from the library. Or you can gaze at an online gallery of some of Kertesz’s images here.


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